The Sanctuario is the holiest shrine in America, sometimes called the "Lourdes of America" for all the healings here. It is a functioning Catholic parish, but is a center of pilgrimages, mostly during Holy Week. Thousands crowd into the small square near the church building itself. There is a museum, Stations of the Cross, places to sit and meditate and a small room where there is "Holy Dirt", which pilgrims touch or take a small bag of for healing. The corridor is lined with crutches and photos left by people who have been healed. It may be one of the most photographed churches, in New Mexico, other than St Francis de Asis in Taos.
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